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Upper New Lodge regeneration gets the go ahead

Published: Thur, 23 Jan 2014
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The recent consultation evening provided information to residents on the forthcoming regeneration of the Upper New Lodge area
Upper New Lodge Consultation Event
We recently held a consultation evening to update residents on the forthcoming regeneration of the Upper New Lodge area.
The Vesting Order for the area, which came into force on 13 January 2014, will allow regeneration proposals to proceed. This will involve the demolition of 178 older dwellings in Lepper Street, Stratheden Street, Spamount Street, Upper Meadow Street and Hillman Street. They will be replaced by 89 brand new social homes, built on a phased basis by Apex Housing Association.  The new homes will be a mixture of houses and apartments.
At the consultation event, which was held in the Grey Gables Youth Centre in Upper Meadow Street, staff from our North Belfast Area Office and Land and Property Department were on hand to advise residents about things like compensation and phasing.  
Malachy McKinney, our North Belfast Area Manager explains how important events like this are: “Consulting with the community is a vital element of any regeneration project, as ultimately it is the people living in the area that are going to be affected by the proposals.
“This event, which was very well attended, not only gave us the opportunity to update residents on progress to date but it allowed us to address some of the issues and concerns they had.  
“Staff in the North Belfast Area Office now intend to carry out follow-up visits to assess the future housing requirements of people affected. I can also assure residents that we will continue to consult with them and keep them informed of progress.”